Dubai World Central sees 26% cargo drop

Dubai Airports said it’s in talks with more cargo carriers about operating from the new Al Maktoum hub after third-quarter freight volumes at Dubai World Central fell 26 per cent to 43,252 tonnes.


Dubai World Central sees 26% cargo drop


Dubai Airports said it’s in talks with more cargo carriers about operating from the new Al Maktoum hub after third-quarter freight volumes at Dubai World Central fell 26 per cent to 43,252 tonnes. The hub opened to cargo traffic in June 2010 and currently has 36 freight operators, including Air France-KLM Group. The airport opened to passenger airlines last month and now has a handful of carriers operating from its hub, including Jazeera Airways of Kuwait and Wizz Air Ltd.

“We’ve got significant evidence that DWC is being taken very seriously as a viable option,” Dubai Airport’s CEO Paul Griffiths said recently at the Dubai Air Show. “We’ve got a lot of different conversations happening at the moment and they’re all going positively.” The new airport is attractive to cargo airlines because of its proximity to the Jebel Ali industrial zone and port in the far west of Dubai, Griffiths said, adding that the recent volume slump stemmed from fluctuations in charter operations.